By Apriadi Gunawan14 September 2020
The government is set to develop 30,000 hectares into farmland in Humbang Hasundutan regency, North Sumatra by next month as the Agriculture Ministry commences its food estate program to spur the local economy. The first phase of the program will make use of 1,000 ha for potatoes, shallots and garlic, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said. “The food estate program we’re developing is… Read more
By Non Koresponden & Laila Afifa4 September 2020
The FAO's Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) on Thursday, Sept. 3, emphasized the implications of the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on food systems region-wide. The virtual conference participated by government representatives from 46 countries in the Asia Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half of the world’s… Read more
By Ahmad Fuady and Grace Wangge25 July 2020
Many studies reveal that children are less affected by COVID-19 compared with adults. Globally, children account for about 1-5 percent of infections. However, the incidence rate in Indonesia is a bit higher – about 6-8 percent. Among arising assumptions, the prominent reason for this higher rate is the chronic nutritional problems facing Indonesian children.  Children with nutritional… Read more
6 June 2020
The government claims it has ensured there will be a sufficient supply of food to avoid a potential food crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in March of the impacts of the pandemic on the world’s food supplies, with the shipping industry experiencing a slowdown in activity due to port closures in several regions. Maximo Torero Cullen… Read more
26 May 2020
Indonesia made history just two years ago by reaching the milestone of a single-digit poverty rate for the first time since its independence in 1945. The percentage of those below the poverty line – with incomes of less than US$2.50 per day – fell below 10 percent (9.82 percent) at the national level for the first time in March 2018. Following the COVID pandemic, there is concern that… Read more
By Dyaning Pangestika12 April 2020
As people across the country are forced to stay inside their homes to flatten Indonesia’s COVID-19 curve, many seek solace in urban farming amid the waves of bad news of increasing deaths and infections by the disease. One of them is Asmara Wreksono, a Jakarta-based media professional who has recently started indulging in urban farming. Since she started to go on self-isolation due to… Read more
18 January 2020
Does organic farming have a future in Indonesia? In many developing countries, organic agriculture is still met with skepticism. Critics argue that it is inefficient, requiring more land than conventional agriculture to yield the same amount of food. As result prices are higher. If people cannot afford regular food, how would they be able to pay for organic food? Proponents of organic… Read more
16 January 2020
Four members of the Environment Care Women’s Group (KPPL) Maju Bersama in Pal VIII village, Rejang Lebong Regency, Bengkulu, walked slowly through the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) to look for food. The four women – Purwani, Herawati, Liswanti, and Lisnawati – looked carefully through the bushes in the park’s traditional utilization zone in search… Read more
14 January 2020
Indonesia's food security performance is good, despite vulnerabilities to natural-resource shortages and climate change, according to the 2019 Global Food Security Index. Read more: Read more
16 January 2020
Indonesia is rich with diverse delicacies from hundreds of cuisines. It is a vast culinary wealth that we could liken to the Silk Road, and which must be preserved as a world cultural heritage.We should be grateful to the culinary communities that have been cropping up on social media for their efforts in promoting local foods. Read… Read more
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